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Chak De India - Review Without Spoilers

Discussion in 'Members reviews' started by Hanoz, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. Hanoz

    Hanoz New Member

    So I just got back from one of better movies bollywood and YRF churned out this year. Dont be mistaken. By better i do not mean it wasn't great. It's just that bollywood movies in recent times have really disappointed me. Even the movies that have done well this year seem to be called a hit just because they were less inferior compared to the other or because they made more money. Chak De India, for me stands out from the rest so far this year. It's not the best film ever that you're going to watch. But you're definitely up for a movie with a good dose of emotion, good laughs, and excitement that will give you goosebumps quite a lot of times, especially during the second half.

    I entered the cinema during the credits. Missed the title but got in right after it, when the movie starts rolling out with a hockey match. Like all movies, SRK had another great entry sequence. Maybe not the most cheerful one out of all, but one of the best, starting his character development right then and there. Plus it's another entry sequence for him which opens up at a sports field. The story is very easy to understand and there isn't any moment during the film where the audience is left confused. Simply put, sticking to a simple plot, Chak De India is a sports underdog story where Kabir Khan (SRK) is tagged with the humility of a failed hockey player/traitor to India because of something that went wrong during his final match ever played. 7 years later he decides to take charge of coaching a team of the Womens Hockey Association in order to get them ready to win the world cup and earn back his honor.

    Without revealing any more about the story, I'll get straight to evaluating the performances and technical values. The movie had a very contemporary feel to it all through. During the first half, where the movie takes place in India, it creates a very gloomy yet truthful feel around the story where the audience is shown how ignored a sport like Hockey in India is, moreover when it's a womens team playing the sport. Most of the first half is spent developing the characters, which is a good thing. Because once the movie hits the hockey fields, it does most of the times if not all the time give you an idea of whats to come from each of the team players. By the end of the first half characters are developed, training is done and the team is all ready and set to leave for the Worldcup which takes place in Australia. The second half of the movie is definitely the better one, no doubt about it. If the first half of the movie felt more like artistic cinema, the second half felt like a hardcore commercial drama. Giving the audiences what they expect to watch (lots of hockey), the movie during this half has many funny and suspenseful moments. Most of this half of the movie takes place on the hockey fields.

    I'd like to make special mention of the cinematography. It really worked in favour of the film. The shots framed on the hockey fields were fantastic. Blending fast track shots with fast editing cuts really in a way gives the audience involvement a push. Kind of reminded me of Michael Bay style of directing . So full points to the editing and cinematography. Shimit Amin also deserves good points for directing. I'm glad that he made the film feel and look different compared to other recent YRF films where the story unfolds in the same monotonous way where the first half has cheesy comedy while the second half has forced emotion. Chak De India stayed away from that typical YRF story telling and Shimit Amin deserves credit for that. The songs were just alright for me. I'm glad that most of them were just used as a background piece during certain sequences of the film. Chak De India and Badal Pe Paon Hai are the only full length picturised songs. Infact even Chak De India is cut into several different parts through out the movie. I liked Maula Mere Lele Meri Jaan, but it wouldn't have worked if it had a whole 4 minutes picturized to it, so i'm glad it was presented in the way it did. Although there wasn't a lot of comedy, Chak De had it's good share and makes sure to make you laugh whenever it attempts to.

    Out of the girls team, the one's that stood out in order for me are Tanya Abrol (the punjabi girl called Balbir), Chitrashi Rawat, Sagarika Ghatke, Shilpa Shukla and Vidya Malvade. These 5 in particular stood out from the rest. But they were also given more screen time compared to the others. Tanya Abrol is a great actress and makes you laugh almost everytime she's on screen. Loved her. Do I really need to comment on Shahrukh's acting? I'm starting to run out of praises for him with every movie. He does not disappoint you this time either. You watch Kabir Khan playing the role, not SRK. He looked and suited the role and added his usual extra little SRK touch to it. One scene in particular I'd like to mention where he gets weak in his knees towards the end was beautifully enacted. Anyone can try, but cannot be as great an actor like SRK..and i'm reminded that with every release of his.

    There's really a lot more that I can talk about.But this is all I'll leave you with since nobody here has watched the movie yet. I can't say what kind of reviews to expect from the media. Infact i don't even want to take a guess. But the good news is you guys definitely won't be disappointed. I can pretty surely guarantee that. As for those who do not like it, I do not know what they went expecting. You can't help but enter the movie with a skeptical mind, but you as SRK fans will definitely come out more than happy, and the second half of the film lends a great hand to that. So if you're still disappointed during the first half, wait for the second. I managed to stay away from all trailers this time around and i'm glad I did. There are a few things which could've made the film better but i'm a more than satisfied movie goer in this case so I'd rather ignore and not mention those points. I dont want to :D. For me, Chak De India was awesome and a little more than that...you will enjoy watching it!


    sorry about any gramatical errors...wrote it in a hurry
  2. Poonam

    Poonam New Member

    Good review, Hanoz, thanks.I like down-to-earth reviews which tell it like it is, rather than too much gushing. My post will join yours after Saturday!
  3. tweetytwinkl

    tweetytwinkl Well-Known Member

    AW: Chak De India - Review Without Spoilers

    Thanks for that insightful review, Hanoz. I really appreciate it and I'm now looking forward to that film more than ever. I have that strong feeling I'll like that film a lot :)
  4. semaay

    semaay Senior Member

    thanks Hanoz for the detailed and interesting review! :thumb:
  5. chatranisrk

    chatranisrk Well-Known Member

    Thanks a lot, I really enjoyed reading your review. :hug:

    I'm so excited the film opens on Friday, but I'll have to wait for the Yasraj DVD release as I'm in France...

    So thanks again, I can't wait to read your reviews, guys, this movie sounds really exciting!! :heart::heart:
  6. filmifan

    filmifan bhangraholic nattu

    great review Hanoz - i'm really glad we have someone to give us the Dubai scoop! i still have to wait for tomorrow.

    i loved your comments on the technical aspects. i was jazzed from the start about Amin as the director for this project due to this very reason. glad to know Chak De will probably meet my expectations in that department.
  7. kirantoocute

    kirantoocute I love Sahir Khan!!

    Awesome review Hanoz!! :thumb: I'm really gald you enjoyed the movie and I absolutely love the way you write your reviews! :D Keep it up! :thumb:
  8. K

    K I love you Shah Rukh. Staff Member

    Damn Hanoz, your reviews are always so impressive!! Every time I think I'm reading a professional's work!:hail:

    Thanks a lot for sharing!:)
  9. sonal

    sonal SRK's D&G lover!

    wow hanoz, excellent review!!! :thumb: yeah its nice to hear something that is unbiased, although you are a shahrukh lover. its nice to hear something honest so that when other members go to watch it, theyre in a reality check.

    yeah i also agree with the fact that YashRaj hasnt made too many good films as of late...I mean the so called JBJ wasnt that great, and TaRaRum Pum didnt live up to expectations too...but from what we've all seen from the promos of this film, we knew not because it has our beloved srk, that it was a bit different although it has its touch of drama, and intensity...

    thanks yaar... im looking forward to seeing it myself :)
  10. orenama

    orenama New Member

    great review and very interesting comments :thumb: Lucky people in uk and dubai who watched it a day before everyone else :)
  11. Farida K

    Farida K New Member

    hanoz you seem very knowledgeable in cinema or film making. thank you for a comprehensive review, it was interesting from different point of views. I am going to watch it tonight, can't wait.
  12. Tonydaig

    Tonydaig New Member

    thanks for the review. very good read.
  13. agacia

    agacia Bollywood Dreamer

    Thank you so much for a beautifully written review:) Sounds great!:)I'm going to see CDI in about 2 hrs at the premiere in Melbourne-can't wait!!
  14. Pakiza

    Pakiza New Member

    good to see you around hanoz:)

    lovely detailed review...cant wait now:target:
  15. SRKfanforever

    SRKfanforever Well-Known Member

    hey i jus went on otha websites n found similar reviews>>>>>>;)WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW>>>>>well dat SRK who will neva do something which is not less than perfact>>>>>>thanks 4 ur review>>>>> I am in UK n will watch da movie as soon as possible Inshallah>>>:heart:
  16. avggomez

    avggomez New Member

    thats a great reveiw hanoz. thanx sweets. enjoyed reading. wating to go and watch it. i'm not sure whats wrong in Sri Lanka. theya dvertised the trailer while JBJ and the movie is not released here as yet :(. called them to chek and they were saying that they have not got the movie from india!!!!!! no idea. but as soon as it gets here, i'm going for it.

    OH bTW hanoz how was the new girl? how was her acting?
  17. Wafa

    Wafa I want my Mom!!!

    thank you for a comprehensive review very well written. and good to see you around hanoz.
  18. zahra

    zahra khanaddicted

    Re : Chak De India - Review Without Spoilers

    Thanks Hanoz!Really good review :thumb:!

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